Magical woods and beach of Abermawr walk

Abermawr, Pembrokeshire

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Abermawr beach and woods © Sid Howells

Abermawr beach and woods

Volunteers raking path at Abermawr © Nicky Middleton-Jones

Volunteers raking path at Abermawr

Enjoy an invigorating walk around the Abermawr coast © Joe Cornish

Enjoy an invigorating walk around the Abermawr coast

Route overview

A circular walk through bluebell woods and meadows, shingle beach and marsh. Abermawr offers a gentle interlude on one of the most rugged sections of the coastline. Brunel wanted to create a port and cable terminus here, but nature has long since reclaimed his work.

Route details

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Map showing the route of a 1 mile walk round the magical woods at Abermawr, Pembrokeshire
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Start: Abermawr beach turning circle, grid ref: SM 884347

  1. Take the left hand exit from the turning circle, signposted 'Abercastell 3 miles'. Go down the path towards the beach.

    Show/HideAbermawr beach

    The shingle beach at Abermawr is being steadily rolled back by the sea. Eventually it will breach, letting the sea into the marsh and woodland behind.

    Abermawr beach and woods © Sid Howells
  2. At the start of the shingle beach turn left inland, through a kissing gate into a field alongside the marsh. The marsh gives way to woodland with an overgrown wall to your right.

  3. Continue walking round the end of the field until you come to another kissing gate and a path into the wood.

  4. Walk along the woodland path until you reach a gate into a field.

    Show/HideVolunteer help

    Woodland paths like these require constant maintenance. Why not become a National Trust volunteer and help us look after them?

    Volunteers raking path at Abermawr © Nicky Middleton-Jones
  5. Carry on, heading for the five-barred gate ahead of you. Go through this gate and over the stream, then turn sharp right and head back towards the beach.

  6. At the next gateway, go through the kissing gate into the field (the bridleway continues along the woodland edge to your right without going through the gate). Cross the field to the gate you can see on the far side. Here the footpath and bridleway join up again.

  7. About 20yds (20m) past this gate go up the steps to your left. Bear right and follow the woodland path towards the beach. You'll see the marsh coming into view on your right.

  8. The path brings you out onto the shingle beach, with superb coastal views towards the rocky headland of Penbwchdy. The sea here is gradually pushing the shingle beach back into the marsh. Enjoy a picnic here before walking back along the beach to the road.

    Show/HideShore line

    On your right as you reach the sea the shore stretches away north to the rugged coast of Strumble Head. The beach here is being chopped back quite rapidly by the sea.

    Enjoy an invigorating walk around the Abermawr coast © Joe Cornish

End: Abermawr beach turning circle - grid ref SM 884347

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Moderate
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 157
  • Terrain:

    Shingle beach (large shingle), woodland and meadow paths: can be muddy. Three kissing gates, three field gates. Wellies/boots advisable. Dogs on leads welcome.

  • How to get here:

    By bike: NCN Route 4 goes nearby. See Sustrans for details

    By bus: Fishguard - St David's route; get off at Tregwynt Woollen Mill. Walk begins in 0.5miles (0.8km). See Traveline-Cymru for further details

    By car: A487 St Davids to Fishgaurd road; 1 mile (1.6km) NE of Mathry take the turning to Tregwyn Woollen Mill and Abermawr. Bear right at Tregwynt Mansion, following signs to Abermawr. Turn in the turning circle at the end of the lane and park on the verge

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